Quality of Life and Sexual Satisfaction in the Early Period of Motherhood—A Cross-Sectional Preliminary Study

Maria Florkiewicz-Danel, Kornelia Zaręba, Michał Ciebiera, Grzegorz Jakiel

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The aim of the study was to assess the impact of breastfeeding-related fatigue and family support on the sexuality and quality of life of mothers during early motherhood. A cross-sectional preliminary study was conducted between 1 October 2021 and 15 May 2022 in 65 women being in early postpartum period. We used the authors’ questionnaire developed for the purposes of the study; the Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women—SSS-W; the Mell–Krat scale for women; and the General Health Questionnaire—GHQ28. A significant negative correlation was found between the age of the patients and the reduction in somatic symptoms (GHQ28 questionnaire) (r = −0.315, p = 0.011). Women working professionally achieved significantly higher results in the SSS-W contentment category (r = 0.313, p = 0.014). Frequent sexual activity reduced disorders in social functioning (the GHQ28 questionnaire) (r = −0.107, p = 0.283). Women who breastfed up to 5 times a day (p = 0.033) reached significantly higher SSS-W scores in terms of communication. The partner’s help significantly contributed to higher sexual satisfaction in the aspect of compatibility (p = 0.004) and the overall level of satisfaction determined with the SSS-W questionnaire (p = 0.016). The presented study suggests that older mothers who are employed and supported by a partner have a higher level of contentment, sexual satisfaction and quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7597
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


  • fatigue during puerperium
  • puerperium
  • quality of life
  • quality of life after childbirth
  • sexual after childbirth
  • sexuality
  • sexuality of women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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